Finsbury Park flood: Homes evacuated after pipe bursts

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Residents in north London have been evacuated from their homes after a burst water mains flooded a neighbourhood.

Up to 150 homes in the Finsbury Park area were submerged after the 36-inch pipe fractured just before 08:00 BST.

The water, measuring about one metre deep, flooded properties in Queens Drive and Princess Crescent, leading to the closure of a local primary school.

Fire crews had been “leading residents to safety where necessary”.

“Firefighters are evacuating residents from affected properties,” London Fire Brigade added.

Postcode areas N1, N4, N5, N7 and N19 had either no water or low water pressure until this afternoon.

Thames Water said: “Most customers are now back in supply, but some may still be experiencing low pressure or air locks.

“We expect to bring the remainder of customers back into supply later today.”

A spokesman added they had 100 staff in the area to take care of residents’ needs, hand out bottled water and deal with compensation claims.

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